Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dave asks: Maybe you have time to consider and submit a brief answer. I own a 1969 Chevy work truck in my fully refurbished condition. So, that is where I come from. It has 396 bored to 402. Owned since 1972. My son’s wife’s father has a couple of “junk” Fargo pickups from the 50s. My son’s wife has convinced him they should fully rebuild one pickup to showroom condition. Rebuild to be done in my shop. I tell him to forget it. Nobody wants that stuff; that it would be a waste of time and money. But maybe there is a market? As an oddball rebuild? Could you give your brief opinion? I promise not to quote you.Just for my own reassurance. Thanks for all your efforts!
Restore the Fargo pick-up . . . if it’s a labor of love and there is no expectation of recouping the money spent. I’m basing this on your description of the trucks as “junk” – and assuming that means they would need a complete mechanical/cosmetic restoration. In that case – and even though there are probably common parts with same-era Dodge stuff – this will get expensive, especially the cosmetics due to the likely near-nonexistence of NOS/aftermarket parts which will mean paying through the nose for good used parts – if you can even find them.
You would, on the other hand, end up with an unusual antique that would be interesting to have – since you never see these anymore, even at car shows. That is worth something, just not necessarily something tangible.
That’s my 50!
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